World AIDS Day is Thursday, December 1st. In observance Houston will hold a candlelight observance near City Hall at Tranquility Park (400 Rusk Street ) at 5:00 pm. The annual observance includes performances by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, the Bayou City Women’s Chorus and a youth chorus as well as speeches by Houston Mayor Annise Parker and representatives of local HIV/AIDS organizations.
If you’ve never attended a Houston World AIDS Day vigil it’s a very moving event. The gentle white noise of Tranquility Park’s massive water features and the sequestered landscaping of the park seem to drown out our noisy city so that the quite dignity of electronic candlelight growing in the shadow of the red lit city call becomes the only reality.
For more information, including other events in the city and information on free HIV testing visit worldaidsdayhouston.org.